Durango's music venues come in many shapes and sizes, change owners and get remodels at a sometimes furious rate. Commuters to and from Durango's eastern suburbs have a new choice for happy hour now that Rylee Mac's Market & Cooking School is also the town's newest spot for live music.
When Terri D. Steinberg, who previously owned Terri D's salon on Main Avenue, opened Rylee Mac's in December at the corner of Florida Road and East Animas Road (County Road 250), the patio wasn't complete. Subsequently, there was no space for live music.
The patio was finally finished a few weeks ago. Now the upscale market and delicatessen, which also offers cooking classes such as "Pies and Tarts" and "Cooking Cajun," has added live music from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursdays.
The Lisa Blue Trio has been the de-facto house band at Rylee Mac's.
"(The patio) has really blossomed into this wonderful little spot with a waterfall," said lead singer Lisa Blue. "We didn't have enough seats for people last Thursday."
"We do sultry, torchy R&B with some real old country mixed in and our hot favorites. Female vocalist stuff," Blue said.
Pete Neds and Hal Lott make up the rest of the ensemble.
"I hate to say 'variety,' but that's kind of what we have," Blue said. "We just decided as a trio that we wanted to do songs that we loved and that we've always wanted to do. That was the only criteria."
Music lovers can enjoy gourmet appetizers on the new patio featuring stone floors, shaded tables and a multi-tiered synthetic waterfall with connecting stream.
The management of Rylee Mac's is actively looking for more acts to play on Thursdays.
When asked what kind of music he would like to see, Executive Chef Todd Escudier cited laid-back and quiet styles.
"I'd like to see some acoustic," he said. "I'd love to even see a cello and a violinist kind of thing. Something just background, something you don't think about, just pleasant."
"We just got our patio open. We've got live music playing and we do the patio plates, which are affordable and great," Steinberg said. "We sure would love for this construction to end because I think we could be a little louder and go a little bit further."
Jon Rezabek is the features editor for the Fort Lewis College Independent.